In January 2012 Rudy’s Fresh Mexican Food exited the downtown area when they were replaced by Pickles & Swiss in Paseo Nuevo. Reader Steve H. passed the word to me that Rudy’s has made a triumphant return, this time to 138 East Canon Perdido Street, formerly Julienne, Le Bon Café and Dish. I originally reported that it would be a “Rudy’s Express” which would have offered a limited menu but it turns out plans changed. “It was going to be Rudy’s Express then we looked over what’s ordered on the menu and saw what people really wanted and we couldn’t condense it ,” says owner Andrea Steward, daughter of Rudy’s founder Rudy Alvaro who founded the business. “Everybody’s excited that we are back downtown.”

Using the pots and pans from their kitchen, Rudy and Alma Alvaro opened the original Rudy’s Mexican Restaurant at 305 West Montecito Street in 1976. With his mom, Evangelina, prepping the ingredients in the back, Rudy cooking in the kitchen, and Alma cashiering in the front, Rudy’s began to develop a menu based on familial influences and customer preferences.  Beginning with a basic menu of burgers and burritos, their menu has now expanded to include such items as the popular crispy tacos, enchiladas, and chimichangas. Continuing the legacy are his three children, Rudy, Claudia, and Andrea, who advance the mission of what Rudy and Alma established 41 years ago: fresh ingredients coupled with daily, handmade products that ensure continued success. Rudy’s is open daily 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. with the breakfast menu available until 11 a.m. Call 845-5446 or visit

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  1. Milo says:

    Old Main Squeeze location

  2. drbigness says:

    how do you know it’s “triumphant”? a little too soon, don’t ya think?

  3. Foodie Dan says:

    Floutitas Verdes!!!. Family is excited….

  4. Myco Rosso says:

    Happy for them. Great family and good business sense.

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